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starring arnold schwarzenegger ; danny devito ; emma thompson & frank langella the only thing that you can say about junior is that it is a disappointment , and a big one at that .
junior brings together arnold schwarzenegger and danny devito with director ivan reitman .
these are the same men that brought us the very funny twins .
so foolish me , i was hoping for something that would at least come close to the level of quality of twins .
so much for hopes .
schwarzenegger and devito play two scientists ( doctors hesse and arbogast ) who are working on a new drug that will reduce the possibility of miscarriage in pregnancy .
unfortunately , due to circumstances beyond their control , they are denied permission to test this new drug on humans , and subsequently lose their funding .
still believing that their drug will work , they decide to test it anyway , on hesse .
so , dr . hesse ( schwarzenegger ) artificially inseminates himself and begins taking the drug .
their theory is that if the drug can prevent a man from miscarrying , surely it will work on a woman .
does the thought of arnold schwarzenegger pregnant sound funny or humorous to you ?
well , it must have to the producers of junior .
admittedly , schwarzenegger has the comedic talent to pull it off .
perhaps if it had been done differently it might have actually been funny .
but it wasn't , schwarzenegger pregnant is goofy at best .
the sight of schwarzenegger running around going through the hormone imbalances that come with pregnancy , and the accompanying emotional swings , is not funny .
schwarzenegger comes very close to embarrassing himself with these antics .
i kept thinking to myself , with the time arnold wasted making this turkey he could have been making an action picture .
better yet , with schwarzenegger , devito and reitman all in the same place at the same time , why didn't they make a sequel to twins ?
anything would have been better than this mess .
danny devito is wasted in this movie .
his part could have been played by any joker they pulled in off the street .
( after seeing the movie , if i was devito , i probably would have wished they had pulled someone in off the street . )
emma thompson is wasted here as well .
while thompson is best known for her jane austin adaptations , she is also a fine comedian .
too bad she didn't get to use any of that talent here .
am i being too hard on this film ?
i don't think so .
schwarzenegger and devito are two of my favorite actors in film today , and ivan reitman is one of the more talented directors in hollywood .
with a supporting cast of emma thompson and frank langella , the filmmakers really have to be trying hard to make a bad film .
they certainly managed here .
maybe it was well intentioned , but unfortunately this is a movie that never should have been made .
if you are tempted to see this film , do yourself a favor and go rent twins , a film that truly takes advantage of arnold schwarzenegger and danny devito's comedic talents .
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